♬Liner Notes♬: Shuttin' down September with the official start of fall (the first rain's failing here in Portland as we prep this episode!) and we've got an "Avalanche" of cool, new music this week from the Eagle Rock Gospel Singers, Boogarins, Farao, Persian Leaps and Pure Bathing Culture...
Notes: "Will Wadsworth formed [L.A.'s] Eagle Rock Gospel Singers in the winter of 2010 following a failed relationship, a band dissolution, and a scary airplane ride. In order to re-spark his interest in music, he and his roommate, Jeremy Horton, gathered friends together to sing old Gospel songs. Inspired by their love of Washington Phillips, The Staples Singers, Mahalia Jackson, Sister Rosetta Tharpe — you know, the real classics... Heavenly Fire is an explosive barn-burner, taut with electricity..."
Notes: "Brazil's tropicalismo revivalists Boogarins are back with second album Manual. It's a big step forward for Fernando "Dino" Almeida and Benke Ferraz, who began playing music together as teenagers in the central Brazilian city of Goiânia- recording psychedelic pop in their parents' gardens... From teenagers to young men, Boogarins are now set to release Manual, the same dual meaning in both Portuguese and English, "to work with your hands" and "an instruction book"."
Notes: "London-based, Norway-born artist Farao - born Kari Jahnsen - has announced her debut LP Till It's All Forgotten...." Performing all instrumentation other than drums and bass, her vast army of tools – guitars, synths, organs, glockenspiel, sitar – radiate with intense emotional and musical craft. With international accolades, Farao will take her captivating live performance across North America as lead support for The Cribs... last week's full playlist.
Notes: "[MPLS trio Persian Leaps' 3rd album in 3yrs] High & Vibrate, celebrates the indie-rock resonance they perfected on their first two albums, and climbs its way from a rumbling, dense-yet-light sound with bright spikes and sharp edges... [City Pages talked to frontman] Drew Forsberg: "For me, it's all about the hooks. It's a fault, perhaps, but I don't have much patience for music that doesn't have an immediate pop hook. It can be played on a ukulele, drenched in guitar feedback, or buried under lo-fi hiss, but it needs to be there for me.""
Notes: "Portland [duo] return this fall with Pray For Rain... its title track...adds new oomph to the duo’s crystalline transcendental yacht-pop. It’s still recognizable as the band behind “Pendulum,” but there’s a brisk uptempo drum programming, and both the synths and the guitars pulsate with new urgency and rawness. It reminds me of the way My Bloody Valentine’s sound jolted into a new gear on Loveless closer “Soon.”" Pure Bathing Culture's the only band this week that's been on PUTV before - having rocked ep071 on my birthday back in 2013 ;)